Posted on January 30, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Good evening friends. I am in a much better mood today, I think the fact that it was over 10 degrees this morning and warm enough to walk the dog was a good thing, I got to feel the sun on my face and I have got to say the sunshine is the best mood enhancer there is. No hissy-fit from me tonight! Instead let’s paint some flowers! A reader requested forget-me-nots as they were her favorite flower. You can use any watercolor pencils you have or even watercolor crayons for this project.
I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you give this painting a try. Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: how to paint forget me nots, how to use watercolor pencils, inktense, tutorial, watercolor painting | 15 Comments »
Posted on January 29, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
***Edit: I wrote this post last night at the end of a very aggravating day, bear that in mind as you get to the end, note to self, don’t publish in irritation LOL!***
Hello friends, here is the new and… ahem… improved Ask a Crafter.
I got a bit overwhelmed by the comments of last weeks webcam AAC (to be fair I asked people what they thought rather than say “take it or leave it”) so I decided that if everyone wants the “good camera” then the show would be 20 minutes and I just would not answer all the questions on air, I did respond to everyone though. As I explained in this video I am not willing to tie up my family’s computer equipment for a day to render and upload one long video. I was happy to use a webcam and stream it live to Youtube and answer everyone’s questions and let it go as long as it may but most people couldn’t bear the loss of video quality. The third option is that I save myself the hassle and don’t do it at all. So watch it, don’t watch it but please, don’t tell me how I could do it better. I’m done asking opinions and advice (although it keeps coming), and I am adopting the “take it or leave it” approach, it is the same philosophy I have with cooking in fact and it certainly curbs the whining, well, my whining anyway LOL! I’ll see you next time and as always happy crafting!
Filed under: Uncategorized, video blog | Tagged: ask a crafter, ask a crafter 22, craft q & a, crafting tips, video blog, vlog | 86 Comments »
Posted on January 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello there! It’s that time of year when we get ready to make valentines with our kids to send into school. Here is a sugar free valentine made quickly and inexpensively with supplies from Papermart:
Watch this quick video to see how it’s done, let’s get inky!
If you want to see the tutorial for the DIY spray inks and daubers you can find it here. I used 6″ paper doilies, twisted paper cord, tags and baker’s twine from Papermart on this project. These are supplies I find myself using over and over for projects. They are great to have around and so inexpensive you won’t worry about the kids using them for their crafts too! I hope you enjoyed this sugar-free Valentine! Til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: classroom valentines, diy flowers, doilies, doily, doily flower, handmade valentine, homemade valentines, ink blender tutorial, paper doily carnation, paper flower, papermart, spray ink tutorial, sugar free valentine, valentines, valentines day crafts | 8 Comments »
Posted on January 27, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Have you ever heard of a flip-flop, swing, flip it or swivel card? The idea has been around in the stamping community for ages and I have examples here (with a tutorial to make it with a paper trimmer) and here (to make it with a plastic template) but I got really excited when I saw dies to make them with fancy shaped windows. When I saw that the dies cost $30 a pop I decided that I would try to do it with the thin dies I already have. It is easy really, all you have to do is make a jig for your die-cutter and I will show you how in today’s video:
Can you imaging paying $30 for 1 die that will cut one shape in one size for a very specific kind of card? No way! I can get a set of nesting dies for less than that and 2-3 sets if they are on sale and they can be used for other things too! Now I can make a swing card in any shape and size I have a thin die for, cool huh? In the defense of the $30 Flip-It dies they are thick Movers & Shapers dies and if you were making a ton of cards the same shape and size (think wedding invites or owning a stationary business) it would be a good buy because you could cut several sheets of cardstock at once. But, for the occasional cardmaker or hobbyist I think making your thin dies work a little overtime is just fine. Oh no, I am drinking the thin die Kool-aid…I’ve crossed over to the darkside…will this insanity ever end? LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, Templates | Tagged: carmaking ideas, die cutting, fancy folds, flip-its, how to cut parts of a die, how to make a flip-flop card, how to make a swing card, how to partially cut a design, how to selective cut with a die, movers & Shapers, nestabilities, nesties, spellbinders | 38 Comments »
Posted on January 26, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! I have been making it a point to dust off old supplies that have been in my stash for a while. I bought these prismacolor Artstix before my son was born (about 12 years ago!) I think when we have babies we develop a temporary amnesia of our life before kids because I had not touched them since. I honestly think I forgot I had them! Here is a painting of a bird of paradise I made with them:
And, I did a video while a painted it, I figured that if I had forgotten how to use them and the picture was horrible I would not have to upload it. 😀 But I DID like it and it reminded me why I also bought a larger set that I also found but have not yet opened! Good grief, can you imagine having these glorious little sticks of color and not using them!?! Don’t worry if you don’t have these ArtStix, which BTW are just Prismacolor Pencils without the wood, because you can follow along with colored pencils, oil pastels, pastels, watercolor crayons or heck, even Crayolas.
I also did some random mark making and doodling, it is a great way to get to know the media without the pressure of making something pretty. Have a look:
If you have never tried colored pencils or pastels on colored paper before give it a whirl, it looks great! You can see how the same range of colors looks so different on the green, brown and black papers I used.
So, what supplies are YOU dying to dig out and try again? Whatever you pick make sure you have fun, be kind to yourself and your efforts and give the inner judge the day off! You will be glad you did. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: drawing, Painting | Tagged: artstix, colored pencils, flower painting tutorial, how to draw a bird of paradise, how to paint a bird of paradise, oil pastels, prismacolor | 12 Comments »